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Flashlight November 15, 2010

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Office.
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Flashlight. From my personal collection.

You’d think a bright yellow smiley face flashlight would be all about the bright, beaming light.  But this little flashlight actually throws a fairly weak beam.  I think the batteries are dying, but strangely, I have yet to figure out a way to crack open this thing without breaking it, so I can’t change the batteries, or the bulb for that matter.

Oh well.  I own it for the happy, not the light.


Duct tape smiley November 1, 2010

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Duct tape smiley. My own art. Duct tape on paper.

This week is my dad’s birthday.

In my family, we have a grand tradition of giving each other gag gifts, presents that serve not only as genuine gifts but also as jokes–often inside jokes.

My dad, a jokester himself, has an ironic history with these gag gifts:  he often takes them seriously.  One year, for instance, we all conspired to give my dad a book about how to fix everything (and I mean everything) with duct tape.

Handle on your briefcase broken?  Duct tape!  Door falling off your refrigerator?  Duct tape!  Huge crack in your windshield?  Duct tape!

It was a gentle joke on my dad’s sometimes improvisational method of household repairs.  In response, though, my dad read the book with relish and promptly began fixing more things with duct tape.  It was in the book, after all!

Honestly, I think this was more of a prank on us all, his way of getting us back for the gag gift.  But he did seem to enjoy working with duct tape an awful lot….

So Dad, on your birthday:  Need a smile?  Duct tape!

Measuring tape October 25, 2010

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Measuring tape. From my personal collection.

Who says work can’t be fun?  The tape itself is interesting–it’s very flexible, much more like a tailor’s tape than a construction tape–and it’s proven pretty useful for simple household measuring and for taking to the store so we can check sizes when shopping for furniture.  Plus, the cats love to chase the tasseled end.  But my favorite feature?  The little button “nose” that you push to retract the tape!

Side note: It’s my father-in-law’s birthday this week, and since he’s quite the craftsman himself (he’s currently finishing a complete remodel of their house, which he designed himself and did a lot of the construction for himself), I thought this measuring tape would be a fun tribute.